Team Dynamics

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Andrew Carnegie, one of the world's most successful businessmen, once stated, "Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results." While Mr. Carnegie lived in a totally different era, the basic foundation and necessities of a team have remained the same. When working individually, common people can easily reach common results. If these same individuals are grouped into a team with proper dynamics they are able to achieve extraordinary results. This team will undoubtedly experience success but is also likely to experience conflict. This is why it is important for a team to have effective dynamics and apply conflict resolution strategies. Team Dynamics

Team dynamics are the various roles that each member may assume in a team setting. Each role has specific characteristics that dictate the level at which a team performs. When applying team dynamics it is critical that each role performs a specific job function. There are many different roles that are blended together to contribute to the overall success of the team. Key roles vital to team success include: coach, innovator, explorer, sculptor, crusader, conductor, curator, and scientist

Coach
The role of a coach in team dynamics is a critical component for a team's success. The coach is a person who is in charge of creating team motivation, looking out for the general comfort of team members, and contributing significantly to the team's satisfaction. Not only does the coach develop positive working relationships amongst the team, they often act as mediators as problems arise. Along with the numerous successes of a coach come their downfalls. Coaches often fail to identify their team member's differences of opinion. The coach is usually so determined on getting a job done that he or she may not consider other valuable opinions of the group. Coaches also fail due to the fact that they do not respect the demands of the group. When the coaches are absent, teams often fail to reach their goals. Coaches provide critical guidance that team members depend on for their success. The absence of the coach also has a devastating effect on morale, confidence, and teamwork. People often become so dependent on the coach that when he or she is not around, members often cannot keep focus and therefore lose their guidance. Innovator

An equally important role in a team is that of an innovator. Innovators can best be described as people who like to use their world around them to achieve maximum results. These team members often produce essential solutions to problems, develop long-term goals with their use of ideas, and often demonstrate an understanding of what cannot clearly be seen. In a nutshell, these are the problem solvers of the group. Someone in the team will often come up with a problem that they find difficult to resolve and the team innovators are the people who turn nothing into something. These people have visions that are beyond the norm and are very significant members of the team. Without innovators in a team, teams will often come across an obstacle in which they cannot clearly see a reasonable solution. In rare cases, innovators can do more harm then good. Some setbacks that innovators pose are that they will often invent unforeseeable solutions to problems. They use their imagination a little too aggressively and will compose a solution that is impossible to clearly conclude. For the most part, innovators serve as vital assets to a team and without their presence; the majority of teams will sink. Explorer

One role that is a necessary piece of the puzzle that makes up a team is that of an explorer. Explorers attempt to find new and better ways to accomplish a goal. They are considered to be groundbreakers and are expected to look over the boundaries of the situation to find unpursued ideas...
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